Roland Kirk

Roland Kirk

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Ronald Theodore Kirk
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Born August 7, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio.
Died December 5, 1977 of a stroke in Bloomington, Indiana.

He was best known for being a blind jazz saxophonist who could play more than one wind instrument at once. Kirk played a number of musical instruments, mainly various saxophones, clarinets and flutes. His main instruments were tenor saxophone and two obscure saxophones: the stritch and the manzello. Kirk modified these instruments himself to accommodate his simultaneous playing technique. The idea of playing more than one saxophone at the same time occurred to him in a dream and he set out to make it a reality. Around 1970 he added Rahsaan due to a dream. He is also noted for his circular breathing technic and was reportedly able to sustain a note for over an hour.
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Roland Kirk Discography

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539 Roland Kirk Triple Threat (Album) King Records (3) 539 US 1957 Sell This Version
MGAR 9220 Roland Kirk Introducing Roland Kirk (Album) Argo Records MGAR 9220 1960 Sell This Version
PR 7210, PRLP 7210 Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff* Roland Kirk With Jack McDuff* - Kirk's Work (Album) Prestige, Prestige PR 7210, PRLP 7210 US 1961 Sell This Version
MG 20679 Roland Kirk We Free Kings (Album) Mercury MG 20679 US 1962 Sell This Version
SR 60748, SR-60748 Roland Kirk Domino (Album) Mercury, Mercury SR 60748, SR-60748 US 1962 Sell This Version
SMWL 21032 Roland Kirk Reeds & Deeds (Album) Mercury SMWL 21032 UK 1963 Sell This Version
MG-20894 Roland Kirk Kirk In Copenhagen (Album) Mercury MG-20894 US 1964 Sell This Version
125 945 MCL Roland Kirk Gifts & Messages (Album) Mercury 125 945 MCL Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
LS 86008 Roland Kirk I Talk With The Spirits (Album) Limelight LS 86008 US 1965 Sell This Version
LM-82033, LM 82033 Roland Kirk Slightly Latin (Album) Limelight LM-82033, LM 82033 US 1966 Sell This Version
40 389 (SD 3007) Roland Kirk Here Comes The Whistleman (Album) Atlantic 40 389 (SD 3007) Germany 1967 Sell This Version
V6-8709 Roland Kirk Now Please Don't You Cry, Beautiful Edith (Album) Verve Records V6-8709 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
PJ-10116 The Jazz Corps Under Direction Tommy Peltier Featuring Roland Kirk The Jazz Corps Under Direction Tommy Peltier Featuring Roland Kirk - The Jazz Corps (Album) Pacific Jazz Records PJ-10116 US 1967 Sell This Version
SC 1502 Roland Kirk The Inflated Tear (Album) Atlantic SC 1502 US 1968 Sell This Version
SD 1518 Roland Kirk Left & Right (Album) Atlantic SD 1518 US 1969 Sell This Version
SD 1534 Roland Kirk Volunteered Slavery (Album) Atlantic SD 1534 US 1969 Sell This Version
2400 164 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Natural Black Inventions: Root Strata (Album) Atlantic 2400 164 UK 1971 Sell This Version
SD 1630 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler Rahsaan Roland Kirk* & Al Hibbler - A Meeting Of The Times (Album) Atlantic SD 1630 US 1972 Sell This Version
SD 1601 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Blacknuss (Album) Atlantic SD 1601 US 1972 Sell This Version
SD 1640 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Prepare Thyself To Deal With A Miracle (Album) Atlantic SD 1640 US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 2-907 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Bright Moments (Album) Atlantic SD 2-907 US 1973 Sell This Version
SD 1674 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* The Case Of The 3 Sided Dream In Audio Color (Album) Atlantic SD 1674 US 1975 Sell This Version
SD 1686 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Other Folks' Music (Album) Atlantic SD 1686 US 1976 Sell This Version
BS 2918 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* The Return Of The 5000 Lb. Man (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2918 US 1976 Sell This Version
BS 2982, 56.002 Rahsaan Roland Kirk* Kirkatron (Album) Warner Bros. Records BS 2982, 56.002 US 1977 Sell This Version

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lennylightweight

lennylightweight

January 4, 2007
edited over 9 years ago
Rahsaan was considered to be either crazy or a genius, from what I can hear my conclusion is a worthy genius. How many musicians can play multiple nose trumpets/flutes along with an array of self-modified saxophones. For me, this is a purchase on sight artist.

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